To attain A2LA accreditation for testing activities identified in the "Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008" (CPSIA), laboratories are required to fulfill the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005, as well as A2LA supplemental requirements for Advertising, Traceability, and Proficiency Testing. A Scope of Accreditation must be issued to the laboratory which identifies the specific children's product testing requirement in question. Once a valid Scope of Accreditation is issued by A2LA for the applicable testing activities, laboratories must register electronically with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in order to be accepted and listed on their website.
Accreditation is based on A2LA's assessment of a testing laboratory's performance including procedures, staff competence and reporting. It is available to all testing laboratories, including in-house laboratories (i.e. firewalled labs).
For more information on A2LA's role in the CPSIA, please contact Joe Ritz at 240 575 7485 or via email at
Read the Legislation as enacted by Congress on August 14, 2008:
A2LA Application Information:
- A2LA Application for ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation
- Already A2LA Accredited? Use form F108 to expand your Scope of Accreditation.
- CPSC Home Page
- CPSC Regulated Product Handbook
- Registration for CPSC Acceptance
- CPSC Accreditation Requirements (includes CPSC Test Methods and Federal Register Notices)
- List of CPSC Accepted Laboratories for Testing Children's Products
- CPSC listing of "Frequently Asked Questions"
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